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Man Arrested For Using Criminal Force To Deter A Public Servant From Discharge Of Her Duty

The Police have arrested a 39-year-old man for using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of her duty. The man is also being investigated for two other cases of voluntarily causing hurt and breaches of COVID-19 safe distancing measures.

On 12 April 2020, the Police received a call for assistance regarding a dispute between a Safe Distancing Ambassador (SDA) and a man along Hougang Avenue 8. Preliminary investigations revealed the man had hit the SDA’s hand, causing her phone to drop, when he was advised not to loiter along Hougang Avenue 8. The man fled from the scene after the assault.

Through follow-up investigations and with the aid of images from police cameras, officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division established the identity of the man and arrested him on 17 April 2020.

The man will be charged in court on 18 April 2020 with using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of her duty, under Section 353 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. The offence is punishable with an imprisonment term of up to four years, a fine, or both.

The Police have zero tolerance towards such acts of violence against Enforcement Officers (EO) and SDAs. The Police will not hesitate to take action against those who blatantly disregard the law.

Everyone should take the circuit breaker measures seriously, and cooperate and comply with the instructions of the EOs and SDAs. They are performing an important duty to keep our population safe. Let us all do our part to curb the spread of COVID-19.

18 April 2020 @ 8:40 AM
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